Ashford School in Kent offers an adventurous education for boys and girls aged 3-18.
About the school
We are just 37 minutes by rail from London and within 90 minutes by road of the main London airports. We offer boarding from age 10 in our recently refurbished junior boarding house. In May 2014 a team of ISI inspectors declared us Excellent or Outstanding in every area. Come and find out why - call 01233 739030 to book your visit.
Congratulations to Megan and Emily who have both been selected to play for the England touch rugby U18 teams.
6th June 2017 — The two Ashford School Sixth Formers beat off stiff competition to earn their places at the Junior Touch Championships where they will play against their compatriots from across Europe at the three-day tournament in Dublin.
The girls' achievement is all the more remarkable for the fact that they only took up touch rugby a year ago, after being offered the opportunity by Head Coach Marc Boyd at Ashford School.
Emily and Megan will be attending three more training sessions over the summer to hone their skills before the big competition in August.
Many parents feel overwhelmed by their children’s rapidly advancing use of digital technology but a new guide is seeking to address some of those concerns.
9th May 2017 — Dr Neelam Parmar, who is Ashford School’s Director of E-Learning, has written a compact book which aims to give parent enough information to help them start dealing with the technological challenges their children face.
She said: “The reality is that while technology has advance quickly, digital parenting skills have not kept pace. There is always so much information to process that as a parent it becomes difficult to distinguish that which is truly important.”
Dr Parmar, who has three children, is a regular speaker at conferences nationally and internationally. She has recently spoken at the prestigious Bett Show in London.
Since starting at Ashford School three years ago, she has overseen the introduction of iPads for the majority of students and embedded the concept of e-learning into the culture of the school.
“Technology is our future,” she said. “Our children will be doing jobs that at the moment do not exist and it is vital we stay ahead of the game and prepare them for this. But at the same time, we have a responsibility to ensure they stay safe online.”
The book, which is called Digital Parenting, is for sale on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions.
11th February 2017 — An Ashford School Sixth Former has been awarded the prestigious Paul Neville Shield after competing in the Marlowe Young Musician of the Year competition.
James Short, who has already won a sought-after organ scholarship to Oxford University, was also named runner-up at the competition at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury last night.
“Our two finalists gave highly impressive performances,” said Ashford School’s Director of Music, John Hall. “This is a major competition and gives students a wonderful opportunity to play with a professional orchestra.”
Ashford School’s Head of Keyboard, Stephen Dandridge, taught two of the six finalists – Ashford School’s James Short and Jervis Wei – who performed Chopin and Rachmaninov respectively.
The Paul Neville Shield is awarded by the orchestra players to the performer who worked best with the Kent Concert Orchestra.
Head makes new appointment as he takes up chair of HMC
30th September 2016 — Tom Wilding has been appointed Head of the Senior School at Ashford School.
The move comes as the Head of Ashford School, Mike Buchanan, takes up the chair of the HMC for the academic year 2016-17. He will remain Head of the whole school but the day-to-day leadership of the Senior School will be overseen by Mr Wilding.
Over the past 20 years, Mr Wilding has worked with both boys and girls in outstanding independent schools in Yorkshire and London. His own children attend Ashford School and my wife, Charlotte, oversees the school's Initial Teacher Training as well as teaching Spanish.
His personal passions are nearly all things Spanish, music and he is also a keen cyclist, cricketer and supporter of Leeds Rhinos rugby league team. Having previously taught French and Spanish at both Ampleforth College and Highgate School, where he was also a Housemaster, he joined Ashford School in 2007 as Director of Boarding and then became Director of Years 7-11 before taking charge of the Senior School.
An Ashford School pupil has won a highly prestigious scholarship to Oxford University where he will be reading Music.
29th September 2016 — James Short, who is the School Captain, heard this week that he has secured an offer from Exeter College where he will take up the junior organ scholarship and eventually become Director of Music as the Parry-Wood Organ Scholar.
He said: "It was such a wonderful feeling to find out that all of the hard work over the past few years had paid off."
There are only 23 Oxford colleges that award organ scholarships and James was one of around only 10 successful applicants this year.
Head of Ashford School, Mike Buchanan, said: "James is an incredibly talented musician but talent is not enough. He is also a determined, capable, dedicated and hard-working student who has risen through Ashford School to become its student leader. We are exceptionally proud of him. He embodies the values we seek to instil in every Ashford School student."
However, the organ scholarship at Exeter is unique: it is the only place in either Oxford or Cambridge where a choir, run entirely by the Senior Organ Scholar, sings three services a week. This means it is both challenging and tremendously exciting, giving an unrivalled opportunity to develop as a fully-rounded musician with significant managerial and organisational abilities.
James's year as School Captain will set him in good stead for taking on the challenge of running the music at Exeter College. He has many duties this year, including managing his team of prefects who represent the school at numerous public functions.
He is studying Music, History and Economics A Levels at Ashford and is a celebrated performer at school. As well as being a talented organist and cello player, he is also a brilliant pianist. Last term he gave an exceptional performance of the first movement from Chopin's 2nd Piano Concerto at the school's summer concert.
James started learning the piano when he was seven but, as a chorister at St Leonard's Church, Hythe, he began to take an interest in the organ. He won the church's organ scholarship in 2014 and now learns with the Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral, David Newsholme.
He practised for up to two hours a day throughout the summer for his audition at Exeter College and although he is not sure what he wants to do when he graduates he will be well prepared for a variety of careers. He will be following in the footsteps of other Oxford organ scholars, many of whom have taken up the Director of Music role at the country's most famous cathedrals, but some of whom have taken different paths - that of Prime Minister and Hollywood actor.
Ashford School will be taking part in a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, live in Margate, with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
4th May 2016 — We are counting down to Midsummer's Day when we will be taking part in a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, live in Margate, with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Ashford School is one of just a handful across the country, and one of only nine in Kent, that has been chosen to work with the RSC who are performing the Shakespeare play in different venues on a tour around the UK.
As part of this we have been lucky enough to enjoy two workshops with experts from the theatre company and our students have had a truly inspirational time on their journey towards the big performance.
Ashford School teacher Mrs Andrea Dengate was pivotal in securing Ashford School's part in the initiative. She explains why she wanted the school to take part. "Shakespeare is the most brilliant story teller. His works are full of great characters and the children can learn so much from the relationships between them."
The performances on 21 June will start at the Turner Contemporary in Margate and will move along the beach, finishing in Dreamland vintage amusement park.
The project is part of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and sees the RSC working with schools to improve the teaching of Shakespeare with the aim of making it more interesting, practical and accessible.